The Chronicling America database from the Library of Congress currently provides access to more that 8.1 million digitized pages of historic newspapers published in the U.S. between 1836-1922.
From an Announcement Posted Today by LC (via Email and RSS):
In recent months, more than 50 new topic pages describing contemporary press coverage of historic events, people, and culture have been added to Chronicling America by the LC Newspaper and Current Periodicals reference staff. (Topic pages provide useful information for searching specific subjects in Chronicling America’s historic newspapers, including significant dates, associated search terms, as well as sample article links.) These new pages cover a range of subjects from the state secessions leading to the Civil War to the origins of Esperanto to the bombing of the Los Angeles Times offices in 1910. Whether you are interested in the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the launch of World War One, bicycle fashion, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution or dirigibles, use these guides to further explore Chronicling America… Read more about it!
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